US Open 2017: Sharapova Set For First Grand Slam Since Drug Ban

The Russian former world no one is set to play her first Grand Slam since returning from her 15 months drug ban.

Maria Sharapova has been given a wildcard entry for the last Grand Slam of the year, the US Open.

Sharapova, 30, was denied a wildcard entry at the French Open on return from her 15 months ban for testing positive to a banned substance “meldonium” at last year’s Australian Open and could have feature at the Wimbledon Open but missed out through injury.

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Her suspension under the terms of the tennis anti-doping program was completed and therefore was not one of the factors weighed in our wildcard selection process,” The United States Tennis Association (USTA), which oversees the US Open, told BBC Sport.

“Consistent with past practice, a wildcard was provided to a past US champion who needed the wildcard for entry into the main draw.

“Additionally, Sharapova has volunteered to speak to young tennis players at the USTA National Campus about the importance of the tennis anti-doping program and the personal responsibility each player has to comply with the program’s requirements.”

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The US Open will take place at Flushing Meadows from 28 August to 10 September.